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Our Staff

Our staff is made up of a committed team working in counselling, public education, client care, outreach, police and court support, volunteer management, communications, and administration. To reach any of these departments or for someone specific, please contact our team at the general office line: 780.423.4102.

Our Volunteers

SACE is grateful to have over 80 volunteers on our team, including volunteers who help on the support and information line and with fundraising, administrative support, and special projects.

Our Board

The SACE Board of Directors is the governing body of the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton and is responsible for exercising governance authority, approving the annual budget, setting policy direction, hiring the SACE CEO (Chief Executive Officer), and implementing the SACE Strategic Plan and Mission, Vision, and Core Beliefs.

To know more about the SACE Board and how to apply, visit our Volunteer page.

Barbara van Ingen
Chair

Dr. Barbara van Ingen is the Vice-President Student Life and Learning at Concordia University of Edmonton. She is a Counselling Psychologist, registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta since 2003.

Dr. van Ingen researched post-traumatic stress disorder, cyberbullying, and as the co-chair of Concordia’s Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Wellness, is currently researching university student wellness. In 2016, Dr. van Ingen was trained in the Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) Sexual Assault Resistance Education Program, and regularly facilitates this 12-hour small group, empirically based intervention at Concordia.

Jennifer Forsyth
Vice Chair

Jennifer Forsyth is the Chief Operating Officer of the law firm McLennan Ross LLP and previously held senior financial roles with ATB Financial, Horton CBI, the Canadian division of CB&I, and Sysco Edmonton, a division of Sysco Corporation.

Jennifer is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant) and obtained her designation while articling with KPMG in Calgary. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Jennifer is passionate about building community and spent six years on the Board of YWCA Edmonton, including her last year as President. She is honored to be part of the Board of an organization that provides such valuable services to the community.

Hannah Graham
Treasurer

Hannah Graham is the Manager of Operational Accounting at Associated Engineering where she leads the team managing the full cycle accounting across 21 offices in Canada. Hannah was previously a manager in the audit group at Deloitte LLP where she obtained her designation of Chartered Professional Accountant. Many of her clients were not-for-profits which allowed her to gain an appreciation for the key role they play in shaping our community. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from MacEwan University.

A lifelong Edmontonian, Hannah loves to travel but is passionate about doing her part in making our City a great place to live for all. When she is not working, Hannah can likely be found enjoying our beautiful river valley with her husband and their dog, Winnie.

Greg Olson
Secretary

Greg is a business development and planning professional. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta with a major in Psychology, and has over a decade of experience helping companies grow and thrive. Greg is passionate about the work that SACE does, believes that everybody deserves to be heard, believed, and supported. Greg is also passionate about the circular economy, sustainability, community development, and amateur sports.

Prior to joining the SACE board of directors, Greg served as a volunteer in various community associations and sporting clubs across Western Canada, and has continued his education through the Institute of Corporate Directors, the University of Alberta Executive School of Business, and various other endeavors. He is excited to make an impact in the community where he works with his loving wife to raise their two young children. When not working or volunteering, he can be found cycling, in his woodshop tinkering on projects, or out playing with his kids.

Devin Laforce
Past Chair

Devin has been a police officer since 1999, and currently he is the Deputy Chief, Investigations and Support Services Bureau with the Edmonton Police Service (EPS). During his career, he has worked in a variety of areas such as patrol, crime scenes investigation, criminal investigations, and organizational management. In these areas, Devin has completed several large-scale transformational projects that continue to modernize the EPS.

Part of this history included working as both a detective and staff sergeant in charge of the Sexual Assault Section. In these roles he became knowledgeable about the complexity and challenges with these crimes, and wanted to ensure police investigations were considerate of victim healing and wellness. This is also where he became first involved in the work of the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE).

Manjot (Joti) Deol

Joti was a volunteer for the SACE Support and Information line and Alberta’s One Line for sexual violence prior to joining the board. She completed her first 70hr volunteer training in 2015 and a second time in 2020. Her experience as a volunteer, along with the trainings, has given her the fundamentals for understanding the complexities and multilayered issues regarding sexual violence in communities. She hopes to bring this knowledge and her passion for helping others in her community to the SACE board to further SACE’s mission of engaging communities and upholding a culture of consent and respect.

Joti is born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She got her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta, where she majored in biological sciences and got her minor in psychology. She then went on to get her Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts. Joti currently works as an Optometrist at two local clinics in Edmonton. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, travelling and playing music.

 
Michelle Fong

Michelle Fong is currently an Associate at a regional law firm with a focus on tax, wills and estates, and corporate law. Prior to going into law, she obtained her Bachelor of Commerce, majored in accounting. During her undergraduate degree, she spent a co-op work term with a national firm and since then has worked for both small and mid-sized accounting firms and law firms. In her work and in her volunteerism, she draws on this range of experience, especially the ability to “speak” in both financial terms and legal terms.

Having been born and raised in Edmonton, she is passionate about organizations and initiatives that make the community a stronger and safer place. In all her volunteering positions, she believes that offering the right space, support and compassion is key to building a better community. She is involved with the Friends of University Hospitals, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, and an annual Low Income Tax Clinic program.

Outside of work and volunteering, Michelle loves to eat and travel. When at home, she is regularly trying new recipes and restaurants and, when abroad, she is always exploring new cuisines.

Danielle L’Heureux

Danielle L’Heureux is an experienced Leader and Integrator offering over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality, real estate investment and property management sectors. In 2020, Danielle joined the Team at Urbis Infill Homes and The Estates at Waters Edge offering expertise in strategic planning, client experience and developing culture. Her prior work includes a long and rewarding career as Chief Operations Officer for The Luxus Group and Conference Services Management with The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. As an Integrator and champion of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), Danielle is passionate about helping organizations obtain clarity on their vision, stay focused on priorities, and achieve results.

Danielle is a lifelong Edmontonian and proud graduate of the University of Alberta’s School of Business. Her current community involvement includes active participation with the Fundraising and School Council for her daughter’s school and serving as a member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Glenora.

Danielle enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, travel experiences with friends and family, and pursing opportunities for personal growth and development.

 
Jodi Goebel

Jodi works at the City of Edmonton where she leads the implementation of the City’s 25-Year Waste Strategy, and a wide range of corporate services, for Edmonton’s Waste Services Utility. Prior to joining the City, Jodi worked overseas as a business development and marketing professional with a number of technology companies, and in rural Alberta as the Manager of a Regional Economic Development Alliance.

Jodi completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Alberta, majoring in Business Economics and Business Law. With a passion for equity issues and the advancement of women, Jodi has been an active board member and volunteer with several organizations in Edmonton.

Keltie Gower

Keltie has been an Instructor at MacEwan University for over 10 years, teaching marketing, organizational behaviour, and sustainable business. She is currently working within MacEwan’s Career department as an Experiential Learning Facilitator to create collaboration between students and the greater community. In addition to work, she has recently completed a Masters of Arts focusing on Social Enterprises.

Keltie is passionate about sustainability, creating business for the greater good, giving back to the community, and mentorship. Keltie also loves to travel, having already visited six of the seven continents.

Vivian Mills

Vivian Mills currently works for Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) as the Applications Coordinator in the Information Technology (IT) Services department. She has more than 25 years of IT industry experience and has a number of certifications to her credit. Vivian is also working to complete her Masters degree in Information Systems Security Management (MISSM) from CUE.

In her personal life, Vivian is married to her loving partner of 18 years and together they have two children and one dog, who believes she is the third kid. In her spare time, Vivian loves to cook, make pickles, read, and – when possible – travel. She also recently completed seven years as a Scouter, but is taking a break for now so she can focus on her schooling.

Vivian is honoured to volunteer her time as a board member of SACE. She hopes her contributions help make a difference to everyone served by this organization.

Dr. Shazma Mithani

Dr. Shazma Mithani is an emergency physician at the Royal Alexandra and Stollery Children’s Hospitals. She has been working as an adult and pediatric doctor since graduating from residency from the University of Alberta in 2014. Prior to that, she completed medical school in 2009 at Western University in London, ON.

Dr. Mithani has been involved in health advocacy for years, and works with vulnerable patient populations everyday on shift. Some of her advocacy outside of the hospital includes community initiatives, such as naloxone kit training, and public education through her social media platforms. She also serves as a director on the Alberta Medical Association Board.

Outside of work, Dr. Mithani enjoys spending time with her family, playing ultimate frisbee, running, going camping, and playing tennis. She’s also a self-described foodie and loves supporting local restaurants in Edmonton.

Ruth Pullam

Ruth Pullam has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Counselling Psychology. Ruth has had the privilege of a relationship with SACE since 2013. Ruth had the opportunity to work and learn as a practicum student in the counselling department. Once finished her practicum she continued the privilege of working as a therapist with SACE clients. Ruth made the very difficult decision to leave SACE in 2019, due to extended family commitments. Ruth has had the opportunity to work as staff for other not-for-profit organizations and with boards of other not-for-profits. Ruth is looking forward to continuing her support of SACE on the board and as an ambassador in the community. “SACE is an amazing organization and I am grateful for the opportunity to once again be in relationship with it as a member of the board.”

Ruth is currently working in private practice, in St. Albert. She recognizes the importance of continuing to learn as a professional and will begin her second year of Somatic Experiencing this fall. Ruth enjoys spending time with her family who ranges in age from 6 to 90! She also enjoys time with friends, walking, reading, and re-learning to quilt.

Celia Schnell

For the last 12 years, Celia Schnell has been working in the Oil and Gas industry, gaining experience across strategic sourcing, material planning and contract management. Currently, she is the Global Ariba Catalog Manager at Baker Hughes. She is responsible for creating and implementing the Ariba catalog strategy across the organization while leading a global ten-person team. Celia obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Supply Chain Management from MacEwan University and is currently pursuing her MBA at Queen’s University.

Volunteering with organizations that make a difference is incredibly important to Celia. Since 2017, she has worked as an events volunteer with Zebra Child Protection Centre and she currently holds the VP of Events position for the Smith Graduate Programs EDII Club at Queen’s University.

SACE is an organization that Celia knows the firsthand significance of for both individuals and the greater community. She is honoured to have the opportunity to serve on the board of directors.

Lily Woldeabzghi

Lily is a fourth year bachelor of science student at Concordia University of Edmonton where she is currently involved in biochemistry research pertaining to neurophysiology. Additionally, at Concordia Lily serves as the Vice-President of Administration for the Concordia Black Student’s Association and has co-founded a podcast in partnership with the university called “Candid Conversations with the CBSA” aimed at providing students with inspiration and guidance through the stories of professionals in their own province.

Outside of school, Lily co-founded the non-profit Russom’s Smile, a grass-roots community initiative that works to make education more accessible for children in the Country of Eritrea. Lily is passionate about the empowerment and education of communities and is excited to be a part of SACE where these things are being done in communities across Edmonton.

Advisory Members

Danielle Green

Danielle Green earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia in 2001. She received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta in 2005. Danielle is originally from British Columbia and returned there for her Articles between 2005 and 2006 at a civil litigation firm. Danielle was called to the Bar in BC in May 2006. In September, 2006, she returned to Edmonton where she was called to the Bar and began her career as a Prosecutor with Edmonton Prosecutions.

During her career as a Crown Prosecutor, Danielle’s main areas of practice have been in the areas of intimate partner violence, sexual assaults, and child abuse, and she has prosecuted extensively in these areas over the past 15 years. In December, 2015, Danielle became a Deputy Chief Prosecutor. While continuing to prosecute a volume of serious files, including homicides, child abuse and intimate partner violence, Danielle was also responsible for supervising a number of prosecutors and overseeing several portfolios at Edmonton Prosecutions, including the Screening Resolution and Docket Unit, Child Protection, and High Risk Offender portfolio. In April, 2022, Danielle began a 2-year secondment with the Appeals Branch within the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service. In this role, Danielle is responsible for preparing factums and appearing as counsel before the Court of Appeal of Alberta.

Over the past number of years, Danielle has also had the opportunity to provide training and instruction to her fellow Prosecutors, volunteers with Child Advocacy Centres, and members of various police agencies. In doing so, she had the privilege of working closely together alongside a number of participants in the Criminal Justice System, including the Zebra Child Protection Centre.

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